Brasil

The Cantinho Feliz Shelter / Caminho do bem

Completed project

 

In Brazil, we’re working with The Cantinho Feliz Shelter, a children’s home in the city of Vera Cruz, for the abandoned, those suffering family violence, and sexual abuse.

The Foundation was created on the 13th of August 2004, and can accommodate up to 20 children to the age of 12yrs, in the city of Vera Cruz. The house was granted as a usufruct for 20 years.

Financing was obtained through several fundraising events, such as typical celebrations, and donations, the money of which was used to furnish the house and buy electrical appliances.

Currently the house accommodates 23 children, and also gives assistance to another 6 children (siblings) who stay at the shelter during the day, but sleep at home. There are 8 employees voluntarily working 12 to 36 hour shifts. The children also receive psychological support as well as the support of social workers sent by the Marília Forum.

The circumstances of some of the children are the following: Alan is an aggressive child who doesn’t attend school regularly. Fazia needs psychological treatment and strong medication to control her convulsions. Não lacks social interaction and friends. Luan needs to attend a special class for children with learning difficulties. Caique’s learning difficulties are due to an earlier lack of food and water; he suffers from hypothyroidism and short-sightedness, and receives psychological treatment. Lynn was only 9 months old when she arrived with an ear infection.

Actualmente este proyecto ha cambiado de nombre, ahora se conoce como Caminho do bem.

 

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Crianças a Escola

Current project

 

The Programme’s aim is to provide schools in coffee-farming regions with a classroom equipped with 10 computers and auxiliary equipment such as, desks, chairs and books, TVs, cables and DVDs; and to train school staff in the use of computers. Once the lessons begin, a psycho-educationalist monitors the use of computers in the school, ensuring that they are used throughout the whole study plan, and that they are accessible to the community. The objective is to involve adults and children in the digital world – not only offering them solidarity but also knowledge and professional development. This gives the company an opportunity to implement the ideas and plans that they have been considering.

Cecafé, the Brazilian Coffee Exporters’ Council, and its members, who represent 80% of the country’s coffee exports, are seriously involved in the project Criança na Escola do Café (Children at School). This project is already established in six coffee producing states: Minas Gerais, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Espirito Santo, Bahia and Parana.

Cecafe’s objective is twofold: to give children an opportunity by keeping them at school, and that coffee producers contribute to sustainability and improved quality of green coffee in Brazil.

The project has been implemented in 82 state schools, with more than 25,000 children and youths becoming involved in the digital world, and so offering them not only solidarity but also knowledge and professional development. In 2008 Café Mundi’s contribution was used for project maintenance, which included buying books and solving technical problems. The aim for 2009 is to establish 20 digital classrooms.

 

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